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Schoolchildren visiting parliament to get glass of milk



Committee on Parliamentary Business has decided to provide a free glass of milk to the school children who daily come to visit the Parliament.

Accordingly, the approval of the committee was given yesterday (08) to execute this proposal from next year subjected to a maximum of 500 children per day, the Secretary General of the Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake said.

He also said that it was decided to appoint a special committee consisting four members to further study and make recommendations regarding the establishment of three Standing Committees to be established.

Accordingly, the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, the Committee on Ways and Means, the Committee on Economic Stabilization are expected to be established as new standing committees.

Accordingly, the Minister of Foreign Affairs – Ali Sabry as well as Members of Parliament – (Dr.) Harsha de Silva, M. A. Sumanthiran and Sagara Kariyawasam were appointed to this special committee, the Secretary General said.

The Committee is bestowed with the task of analyzing whether the functions of the existing standing committees, namely the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) and the Committee on Public Finance overlap with these new standing committees and make necessary recommendations for reconsideration if necessary. This will be done by this committee.

Accordingly, it was agreed that the Committee on Parliamentary Business will meet next Friday and to take further steps related to these recommendations.

Furthermore, according to a request made by the Opposition regarding increasing time for the debate on the 2023 Appropriation Bill (Budget), it has been decided to extend the debate for the Committee stage by one and a half hours.

Accordingly, the Committee Stage of the Budget debate will be held from November 23rd to December 7th until 7:00 p.m. and the vote for the Third Reading is scheduled to be held on December 8th at 5:00 PM as previously decided.


India to provide technical assistance to uplift local milk production




President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee consisting of representatives of the public and private sectors of Sri Lanka to work with the multidisciplinary team of the National Livestock Development Board of India to prepare a short, medium and long-term plan to increase local milk production to reduce the country’s dependence on imported milk powder.

Accordingly, India’s National Dairy Development Board’s (NDDB) and the Indian Amul Milk Company have taken steps to provide the necessary technical support for the production of liquid milk in Sri Lanka, and a preliminary discussion was held in this regard at the Presidential Secretariat today (05) under the chairmanship of President’s Secretary Mr Saman Ekanayake.

It was discussed at length about doubling local milk production by implementing short and medium-term plans and making Sri Lanka self-sufficient in milk in the long run through a targeted program.

Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Nimal Samaranayake, Chairman of the National Livestock Development Board, Professor H.W. Cyril and other committee members and officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and line agencies, Indian National Livestock Development Board Senior General Manager Rajesh Onkarnath Gupta, General Manager Sunil Shivprasad Sinha, Senior Manager Rajesh Kumar Sharma and other representatives participated in this discussion.

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Youngest student to get university acceptance, felicitated (Pics)




A 14-year old who has been selected for university education, has been felicitated by his school today (05).

Staff of the Nenamal Royal College in Mawaramandiya had organised a special felicitation function and the star student was accompanied to the venue by the school principal Mr. N.G. Ranbanda.

Despite being just 14 years of age, student had passed his GCE O/L exam in 2020 and passed the GCE A/L exam with 3 ‘B’ passes from the Commerce stream.

He has been accepted by the University of Sri Jayawardenapura to join the degree programme on Sports Science and Management.

He is said to be the youngest student selected for a local university.

(Pics : Lankadeepa)

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New constitution for SLC




The Minister of Sports through the Attorney General today informed Court of Appeal that an Independent Panel of Governance Experts will be appointed in order to draft a new Constitution for the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena PC with State Counsel Rajika Aluwihare appearing for the Sports Minister made these remarks when the writ petition filed by a group of prominent individuals including former professional cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan was taken up for hearing before Court of Appeal.

ASG Dharmawardena told court that drafting of new constitution will be done with the assistance and expert advice of the Technical Committee of the International Cricket Council.

Dharmawardena said in a letter addressed to the Attorney General on August 30, 2022, the Sports Minister has informed that he would take steps to amend the Sports Law by a panel of experts with due Instructions to submit to him, an appropriate draft, which would cover Cricket as well.

President’s Counsel Sanjeeva Jayawardena with Counsel Dr. Milhan Mohomed appearing for the petitioners sought a further date to inform their stance regarding the petition in view of action taken by the respondents. The petition fixed for February 28 in order to evaluate the progress.

The Court was informed that following the discussion had on September 22, 2022 with the Attorney General along with the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs and the Chairman of the National ports Council, it was decided to take necessary steps to amend the Sports Regulation No. 1 of 2016 to incorporate a new regulation which will make it mandatory for National Sports Associations (NSAs) to amend their respective constitutions to reflect the following matters.

(1). To introduce to criterion to grade clubs, associations and other organizations affiliated to NSAs which has the right to vote.

(2). To introduce to voting structure for the said categorized clubs, associations and other organizations affiliated to NSA.

(3). To have the Director General of Sports grade the clubs, associations and other organization affiliated to NSAs 90 days prior to holding elections to elect office bearers to NSAs.

The petitioners in this petition are; Muttiah Muralitharan, Kushil Gunasekera, Sidath Wettimuny, Michael Tissera, Justice (Retd) Saleem Marsoof PC, Dinal Phillips PC, Rienzie Wijetilleke, Thilan Wijesinghe, Vijaya Malalasekera, Ana Punchihewa, Somasundaram Skandakumar and Dr. Palitha Kohona.

The petitioners said they are expecting to form an independent committee of governance experts to draft a brand new Constitution for SLC with input from the International Cricket Council (ICC). We also wish to have this new Constitution passed as an Act of Parliament to avoid any dilution or compromises at the hands of vested interests, the petitioners said.


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